Aims and Scope

Our primary aim at Police Practice & Research is to present current and innovative police research with a focus on informing policing policy, programs and/or practice around the globe. We welcome qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodological studies from academic researchers and police practitioners alike, and strongly encourage research submissions from practitioner-academic partnerships. We also welcome rigorous systematic reviews of police strategies, technologies, and innovations that have implications for police policy and practice.

From September 1, 2021, we will require manuscripts to meet 3 key criteria we see as supporting our objectives:

* a clear statement of the policy, practice and/or program implications of the research presented - this content should be included in both the abstract and discussion sections of a paper.

* consideration for the global scope of our audience - we not only welcome papers from around the globe, but particularly those that can tie local or regional issues to the larger world.

* evidence of a rigorous methodological approach - all papers should be transparent in the methods used, from data collection to analysis. Ideally, we hope papers published in PPR can be replicated or reproduced based on the methods used.

PPR ensures that all articles and rapid communications published in the journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial screening by the editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, double-blind peer review by independent, expert referees. Book reviews are subject to review by the editorial team but are not independently peer reviewed. 

Hot off the press

Here you can find links to articles in our upcoming or latest issue

A legitimacy crisis?

Results of a survey of police in 4 services in the Arkansas & Oklahoma reveal officers with greater self-legitimacy reported more employee engagement and attitudes supportive of civic engagement.

Occupational stress and attitudes toward
misconduct in law enforcement

Using data from a sample of 437 police officers serving in eight California agencies to examine the role of organizational justice and workload stressor on officers’ beliefs in noble cause

Police staff and mental health

This study examines the barriers police officers & staff face when seeking treatment, and their suggestions for improving access to treatment.

Conservation officer perceptions of search authority

Interviews and focus groups there is substantial state-level variation in statutory authority
granted to conservation officers relative to their search and seizure capabilities.

Do police experience trauma during routine work?

In this study, we explored the relationship between work related
potentially traumatic events and expressed trauma symptoms in
a sample of 121 Ghanaian police officers.

The impact of policing styles on officers’
willingness to make referrals into pre-arrest
diversion initiatives

Officers with a legalistic policing style were less likely to make a referral while officers who scored higher on service-oriented policing were more likely to do so.